RECORDS & AWARDS
FLORIDA Coach Head Coach Will Muschamp talks about Georgia
October 23, 2012Richmond High School
To recap South Carolina, it was a great team win. Obviously when you win explosives and win turnovers, which we were able to do, you've got a very good chance of winning the football game. The turnover margin has been really key for us this season, being on the plus side of that and one of the better teams in the country. Offensively, six touchdowns in the red zone - certainly improved from earlier in the year on that - 133 yards in the third quarter, and starting the third quarter with a touchdown drive was critical to gain momentum and then get a three-and-out on the first series there defensively. We were very efficient on 3rd down and really throwing the ball in a lot of situations against a really good group on defense, real proud of that. Some things we need to improve on, had some protection issues in the game. When you go against good rushers, you've got to account for them and we need to do a better job of that and clean some things up in the run game. You've got to give South Carolina credit, they did a really nice job of moving some things around in the defensive front, but certainly some things that we can correct.
Player of the Game was Trey Burton. Trey does a lot of things for our football team offensively, special teams, really a lot of things go through him. We have a package for him in every game and we certainly were able to use it Saturday, very efficient. Big Plays were Jordan Reed, Quinton Dunbar and Solomon Patton, very big contributors as far as that, and Scrap Iron was Chaz Green, Chaz played one of his better games and he had a little bit of an ankle issue but he's fine, again a guy pushing through a little bit of pain, that's good to see.
Defensively, met all of our goals, thought we had a very solid effort and really executed the plan for what we needed to do and that was stop the run. We needed to control the line of scrimmage, stop the run, eliminate scramble lanes, which a lot of times for a defensive lineman that's a really unselfish act because generally those guys want to run up the field and create opportunities for sacks. A lot of guys I've been around have a hard time not wanting to do that and for our guys to go out and execute the plan the way that we asked them to do it, I'm really proud of that group they really did a good job. Player of the Game, we had several guys who certainly deserved the honor there, Dominic Easley we thought played really well, did a really nice job. Really on the first play of the game with the check-down to the back I thought he did a really nice job of power rushing the tackle, which knocked the back off and forced the QB to hold the ball a little longer and Loucheiz had an opportunity to get the ball off of him. Ball Hawks, we had a bunch, Loucheiz had two, Trey Burton had two, Lerentee, Sharrif had a blocked kick, Jabari Gorman, Chris Johnson and Solomon Patton. So when you're able to create some opportunities for your team, you're going to be hard to beat.
Special Teams, probably should've started off with Special Teams, they were outstanding. Kyle Christy set a school record with a 54 yard average, had six punts for over 50 yards. Again, has been outstanding for our football team this year and a guy that's flipped the field, created momentum and hung some punts up there. Our coverage was outstanding, the whole coverage unit, whether it was kickoff or punt, were phenomenal. Andre Debose had a 39-yard kickoff return and a 19-yard punt return and fielded the ball, did a great job of holding some yards for us there. We blocked another field goal, which is the 2nd straight week we've done that. Players of the Game, Kyle Christy, obviously, and Loucheiz Purifoy, continue to be very valuable to our team. Big Plays: Chris Johnson, Solomon Patton and Trey Burton, all of those guys had huge plays. Scout Teams of the Week, special teams, Jeremi Powell did a nice job for us, he's a guy that's really developing into a really good football player; defensively, Alex McCallister and Quinteze Williams are both doing a nice job and offensively, Mark Herndon has been a great addition as a walk-on in our program and ran down several kickoffs on game day.
Injuries right now, Riggs and Patchan will be out, Pittman is going to practice today and we'll see how he progresses throughout the week. Jacobs will be out today but expect to get him back tomorrow and we feel like he will be probable for Saturday. That's kind of where we are, other than that we should be fine.
We've got the Georgia game this week. We understand what is at stake and again our approach will be the same. It's the next game so it's the most important game. Obviously it's a rivalry for the University of Florida, it's an important game for our program and for our university and for the fans. Offensively, right now they're averaging right at 40 points a game, a school record for them. Aaron Murray is an outstanding player, started since his redshirt freshman year out of high school there in Tampa. He's accurate with the football, really good athlete, he's got legs, he can make the throws, he's got talented receivers in Brown and King and Mitchell, all guys you've got to account for in the throwing game. The two freshman running backs Gurley and Marshall are really good. They've run the ball well verses everyone but their averaging 40 points a game speaks for itself. Defensively, Grantham does a great job. Jarvis Jones is an outstanding player, we saw him last season. He has 19 career sacks and you've got to account for him in protection. Rambo and Williams are two of the better safety combinations in the nation. They've got a bunch of good players. They're big inside, Geathers and Jenkins, and they do a nice job in their schemes. We've got our work cut out for us again but we look forward to going to Jacksonville. We feel like we let the game slip away a little last year, had some turnovers. You've got to give them credit for the plays they made that we didn't. I know our guys will be excited preparing this week and going over to Jacksonville to the game.
On balancing teaching the players to strip the ball while also making the tackle: Well, I mean we work on tackling every day we spend a lot of time working on that and I think, more than anything, with causing fumbles we try to make our guys cognizant of how certain carriers carry the ball. We look for guys that have the tip down low and the hand below the elbow. In a lot of situations they don't have the ball high and tight. We talk to our guys and we identify guys that don't take care of the football. When you have those opportunities, we ask guys to go for the strips. In a lot of situations when you're in a confined area and you're tackling someone in a condensed area, go for the strip, someone else is going to make the tackle and its judgment on the player if you're in an open area. You need to get the guy on the ground so it's a little bit of a decision by the player going in to the game and if he sees an opportunity for a strip most of our guys are going to go for it.
On how that applies to Loucheiz's play stripping the ball against South Carolina: Generally in most situations, I'm not referring to Connor Shaw, the quarterback is the worst violator of ball security and certainly all quarterbacks carry the ball in one hand. That's why we try to emphasize security with two hands in the pocket. When he's coming on the pressure and the running back gets knocked off as where he's dumping the ball down to and he comes out and Loucheiz just got his hand on the ball. We felt like we were going to make the sack regardless and take the strip of the ball if you had the opportunity.
On whether rivalries are better if they're not friendly rivalries: I don't know. I mean I've never walked into a game liking somebody. You want to win don't you? As a competitor you go and lineup between the white lines and you go play. Then some games there will be a little more adrenaline flowing, certainly in this one, but as a competitor you prepare yourself the right way all week regardless of the opponent and the situation. Certainly when there's a little more at stake you'll be a little more excited.